Born on 17th July 1962, Malaysia, Jeganathan Ramachandram (Jega) is an artist with varied talents. Besides his intuitive brush strokes on canvas, he is also an author, poet, sound analyst and more. However, music and art are embedded most intricately in every fiber of his being, as he repeatedly says,
"I have come, like many before me, to put things in their original place. Art is one way how I do it. I also express myself through music and sound. I feel sound gives the answers to all that are happening to Mother Earth, now. If only we humans could listen to our heart..." With regard to art, he says, "Art is going back to basics. Art originally, and eventually, must be interactive."

EDUCATION

Jega studied Traditional Indian Painting (Tanjore Art) under the guidance of Babu Surender in Chennai, India from 1982 to 1984; Granite Sculpturing under Sthapathi Thangavelu Achari in Thirupathi, India; Woodcarving under Muthusamy Achari an Indian Classical music with 'Vithvan' Veena Arjuna in Chennai.

Jega entered the art scene more then twenty five years ago and has since received widespread acclaim as an artist who creates out of total clarity.

He has exhibited his works, to name a few, in the National Art Gallery, Petronas Gallery, Weiling Gallery, Pall Mall, London and other leading galleries since 1984. A former artist with a leading daily, Jeganathan devoted to painting full time in 2004 when he opened his own Art Gallery/Studio, 'Symbols House of Natural Art', Malaysia.

His valuable insights and knowledge on the natural sciences have also been published in local leading dailies. He has also authored a series of booklets, "Hindu Science" that has a dedicated support from more than 4,000 readers from Malaysia, Singapore and India.

In Malaysia, Jega enjoys a high reputation as an artist as well as a thinker. Many of his paintings have become priced collections of private collectors and institutions not only from Malaysia but also from abroad. His works are gaining popularity for their originality and its unique symbolic nature. As art writer Anurendra Jegadeva summarizes,
"Jega's work does not seem to fit any of the 'isms' or directions within current Malaysian painting, but employs the element of many; Figurism, Surealism, Pattern and Decoration, Primitivism, Cubism, Orientalism and occasionally Expressionalism, all of which marries very harmoniously within the sanctuary of what is best described – if you can forgive the irresistible pun – as a kind of Mystical Realism!"

PAINTINGS
Jega's works symbolically represent how he sees the physical, psychological and spiritual connection with the universe. Standing face-to-face with his creation on canvas, a subtle knowing trickles down the viewer's spine, "..the truth has been in front of me all along, hidden in plain sight.

Jega is particularly noted for his paintings of Hindu God "Ganesha". His 'Ganeshas' remain very popular in Malaysia and abroad.

Jega also loves the concept of 'human embodiment'. What most of us know about our own body is just the tip of the iceberg. But Jega's knowledge and wisdom when it comes to the human body is mind-boggling. It makes you really wonder, "Is that really what my body is?"

As Jega says,

"..you have to be fully present in your body to become aware of its true wisdom. Not only that, to breathe life onto your canvas, you must BE what you are painting. If it's a tree, one has to become the tree in, if it's a dog, be that dog in mind."

As a story teller and one who is keen in recording moments in time, his works are inspired by the current happenings around him which he expresses through symbolic expressionism. Deeply concerned about the state of our present environment, his works implore the viewers to take heed and feel the pain inflicted on Mother Earth, and do something as a human being to alleviate the pain.

Jega uses varied techniques to give life and color to what comes through him, the most unique is his dabbing method. All his works reveal the artist as an accomplished colorist. His paintings depict everything and yet nothing! There is chaos as well as balance in every single stroke of brush.

Shanthini Subramaniam

Previous Exhibitions

2011

Video Art "Good and not so good" at alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur
Video Art "Story of an old fren" at National Art Gallery, KL
Figure in Paint at Petronas Gallery, KL
Caged / Uncaged at Wei Ling Contemporary, KL
JAGA (The Guard), at National Art Gallery, KL


2010 Take a Line for a walk at Metro Art Gallery
Metre Perspective, House of Matahati Gallery
Mindwatch, the observer, the observed at Weiling Art Gallery (solo)
Tiger show at Wei-Ling Gallery
Russian, Eastern& Oriental Fine Art Fair, London
Winds of Desire, Sutra Foundation
Paperworks: Marks and Trails of Artistic Mind at Galeri Chandan
Faces, Metro Gallery, KL


2009 Solo art exhibition "HUMANWATCHING" at Petronas Gallery, KLCC (solo)
Group exhibition at R K Fine Art "Channel 6", Kuala Lumpur
Charity Art Auction by Bukit Damansara house owners, Kuala Lumpur
Asian International Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery
18@8 Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


2008 Residency Programme at Petronas Gallery, KLCC
Stirring Odissi - Visual Exhibition, Petronas Gallery
Semesta, Exhibition in La Galleria, Pall Mall, London
In Devotion, A Moment with Pillaiyar, Symbols House of Natural Art
The Year That Was, Wei-Ling Gallery


2007

Sacred Structures, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Divine Experience, Sithi Vinayagar Temple, Petaling Jaya
Insights, a journey to the beginning, Symbols House of Natural Art (solo)
A path and a meeting (joint exhibition with Yeoh Jin Leng), Symbols House of Natural Art

 

2006

Harmony Exhibition, Kuantan (solo)
Pameran Seni Angin Timur, Galeri Shah Alam
Ganesha Art, Symbols House of Natural Art (solo)

 

2005

Images of Sound (Laman Seni KL), National Art Gallery
National Open Art Show
Nov 23 to Dec 5 "Artist in Residence" at Petronas Gallery, KLCC

 

2004

Vaastu Windows to time, Sutra Art Gallery (solo)

 

2003

Little India, Sutra Art Gallery
Identity, Hyatt Saujana, Kuantan
Nava Raas, Crown Princess, Kuala Lumpur
'Renga' – Japan Foundation's Exchange Programme, National Art Gallery.

 

2002

National Open Art Show
Group exhibition, Mawar Art Gallery, Johor
Bara Hati Bahang Jiwa, National Art Gallery
RAAS Art Gallery, City Square Centre

 

2001

Face the Act, Galeri Petronas
Bharathi Art Festival

 

2000

Landscape Beyond Landscape, Galeri Petronas (Multi-media installation)
Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) Art Exhibition

 

1999

Aku, Art Show, Galeri Petronas

 

1998

Philip Morris (Special Mention)

 

1997

Philip Morris - Group Exhibition in Mauritus

 

1996

Philip Morris

 

1994

Malaysian Young Contemporary

 

1992

Malaysian Young Contemporary

 

1986

Malaysian Open Art Show

 

1985

• Berita Publishing Group Exhibition
Malaysian Open Art Show

 

1984

Malaysian Open Art Show

 

 

 

 

 

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